One Bay Area organization found a radical and surprisingly simple approach to helping former prisoners start over

The Homecoming Project pays homeowners to rent their spare bedrooms to people just released from long prison sentences, providing welcoming, free, stable housing option to people whose re-entry is often hamstrung by housing instability and grim, restrictive halfway houses. Only 12 formerly incarcerated people were served in the project’s first year, but the service providing its clients with six months of housing hopes to serve as a pilot for other organizations outside the Bay Area. All 12 have jobs and six have gone on to live independently.

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